Cookbooks

Summer Grillin’ with the Guru – Raichlen’s Latest

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By May 26, 2011

Ginger-spiked baby back ribs are served with dipping sauce. When it comes to innovative grilling, my first strategy is check out what Steven Raichlen is working on. His best-selling “Barbecue Bible” cookbook series (4 million copies in print) and PBS TV show series (“The Primal Grill” and “Barbecue University”) have helped people all over the world learn to grill. Last…

Oozy-Goozy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. The Best.

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By May 12, 2011

Grilled cheese sandwiches are comfort food that takes me back to lunchtime in my childhood home. Treats that makes me smile. Especially grownup versions such as those created by cheese expert-cookbook author Laura Werlin. Her latest book, “Grilled Cheese, Please!” (Andrews McMeel, $16.99) offers contemporary approaches to the classic bread-and-cheese indulgence. One of my favorites is the sandwich that uses…

Best Easy Dessert Looks Fancy – Blackberry Napoleons

Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By March 25, 2011

Individual Blackberry Napoleons Crazy about “Desserts 4 Today” by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Taunton Press, $17.95). It’s a treasure trove of flavorful desserts that utilize no more than four ingredients. No prepared mixes are used, just components that are packed with flavor. Lots of fresh fruit, and I like that. I have lazy days. But mostly, I have way-too-busy days. With…

Woman to Watch: Who ME?

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking By March 8, 2011

OK, OC METRO! I’m flattered to be included in the 20 Women to Watch list. Not sure that I’m hotter the Betty White! But, here is what they had to say: First job:I taught kindergarten in Fountain Valley at Cox Elementary. Worst job: Selling cheap cologne door-to-door at Christmastime when I was 14. Biggest break: The Register let me write…

One of the Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifting

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By December 14, 2010

Even the most scurrilous Scrooge on my gift-giving list seems to appreciate the appeal of cookbook gifts. “BAKE! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking” by Nick Malgieri (Kyle Books, $29.95), 224 pages “This book is meant to have enough easy, straightforward baking recipes that people who haven’t baked before can use successfully,” says author Nick Malgieri, who heads up the baking…